Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer: Klover, Geir O., ed.
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Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer

Author(s): Klover, Geir O., ed.

Copyright: 2009, Norway
Specifications: 1st, 4to, pp.253, 105 color & 140 bw photos, 2 color & 7 bw illus, 12 maps, photo eps, wraps
Condition: new

Here are the complete texts of Roald Amundsen’s lectures about his expeditions through the NW Passage (1903-06) and to the South Pole (1910-12), with the original hand-coloured lantern slides he used to illustrate his lectures. Together they offer a unique insight into how Amundsen presented his expeditions when face to face with an international audience, and also the first pictorial account of his successful unlocking of the NW Passage and the expedition to the South Pole. The book also includes background information about many of the episodes Amundsen describes, all too briefly, in his lectures. It also adds further detail about some of the many slides printed in the book, but not specifically mentioned in his manuscripts. Finally, a 90-page appendix includes many of the letters, articles, brochures and pamphlets related to Amundsen’s lecture tours. These are rare brochures, published in connection with the actual lectures, along with letters from the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Lecture Agency in London, and the Lee Keedick Lecture Agency in New York. The letters illustrate the time-consuming and thorough preparation of the lecture tours and offer an inside look at some of the politics and issues facing Amundsen at the beginning of the last century.

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